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Jeep is all set to lunch the top-of-the-line Compass variant, the Trailhawk in India. The carmaker has been testing the Compass Trailhawk variant with different settings which would suit the Indian road conditions. Recently, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk was spied testing in Mumbai with minor camouflage, and the image has appeared online. The Compass Trailhawk is an off-road spec Jeep Compass, which will sit right at the top of the variant list of the SUV.
The Compass Trailhawk production in India began in September-October 2017 at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ranjangaon plant near Pune. The 'Trail Rated' Jeep Compass Trailhawk is currently being exported to Australia and other right-hand-drive markets. It's just a matter of time that the Compass Trailhawk trim will be launched in India. While FCA has not revealed the launch date, we expect it to be arriving in India by mid-2018.
In the spy picture of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, the model here is the regular Compass SUV indicated by the twin-spoke alloy wheels and the red tow hooks on the bumper. The SUV here is also missing the matte black decal on the bonnet which is unique to the Trailhawk models. The Trailhawk model differentiates itself with the 'Trail Rated' lettering on the side fenders, two-tone alloy wheels, along with the 'Trailhawk' badging on the tailgate.
Presently, the Jeep Compass' diesel top-variant does not come with an automatic gearbox; this is expected to be offered in the Trailhawk model of the Compass SUV. The Australia-spec Jeep Compass Trailhawk is available with a 2.4-litre Multijet diesel engine which churns out 168bhp and 360Nm of torque and comes mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Visually, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk model comes with a redesigned bumpers and higher ground clearance. Additionally, it could get a more capable version of Jeep's 4x4 drivetrain compared to the regular version. While the interiors are not seen in the spy image of the Jeep Compass, we expect it to get all-black interior with red-highlights, Trailhawk badging on the front driver and passenger seats, leather wrapping along the gear lever, the steering and the panels.
Additionally, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk features hill descent control as standard equipment along with six parking sensors in the rear, two more than the regular model.
DriveSpark's Thoughts About The Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The addition of the Trailhawk variant to the Jeep Compass will add more off-road capabilities to the SUV and more importantly an automatic gearbox to the top-of-the-line option. Upon launch in India, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk price is expected to be in the range of Rs 24 lakh to Rs 25 lakh ex-showroom, making it the only SUV in its segment to boast of sharper off-road capabilities.